October 8 1952- Clifford Adams

GM – FBF – Today I woud like to share with you a story of my High School track teammate and friend. He would go on and become one of Trenton, New Jersey’s finest. Enjoy!

Remember – ” Trenton Makes, The World Takes”!

Today in our History – October 8,19 52 – Clifford Adams was born.

If you’re a fan of ’70s band Kool and the Gang, Kool and the Gang’s trombonist Clifford Adams died at 62. Adams fought for his life ever since he learned he needed a liver transplant. Sadly, he didn’t have health insurance for the necessary medical care. A Trenton, New Jersey native, Adams’ family, friends, fellow musicians, and fans tried to raise money for the jazz musician while he was in the hospital. It remains unclear whether he ever received the transplant.

Even his fellow Kool and the Gang band member, trumpet player Michael Ray, was hoping for a miracle for his longtime friend. He told NJ.com,He is my oldest friend in life and he has put two kids through college playing the trombone, which is a miracle.

Ray and Adams were childhood friends who grew up together in Trenton. Ray describes Adams as a wonderful father, husband, and friend. He also said, also added the following

If you knew Cliff you knew his infectious smile and his strong spirit. He was powered by family values and he was one of the baddest trombone players in all the planet. We miss you my friend. Make it a champion day!

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